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"A response to the attacks on the World Trade Center"? Documents reveal pre-9/11 plans for Tribeca Film Festival


Published 2007
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"The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center." So claims the "About Us" page of the Tribeca Film Festival's website, tribecafilmfestival.org. De Niro, Rosenthal and Hatkoff, and scores of publicists and journalists, have repeated this claim endlessly over the last five years. That claim, however, is demonstrably false. Easily accessible records reveal that The Tribeca Film Festival was being developed long before September 11, 2001.


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Reviewer: validity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2008
Subject: TriBeCa Film Festival Logo by Teiji Fujii
This link is the original TriBeCa Film Festival web site created by Nicole Bartelme, crafted by graphic designer Teiji Fujii. Logo development began pre-911, in the summer of 2001.
http://web.archive.org/web/20011209155814/http://www.tribecafilmfestival.com/
Reviewer: filmreel2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2007
Subject: Festival of Settlements
There were numbers of people that worked on the TriBeCa Film Festival under its original founder Nicole Bartelme before she agreed to a settlement to turn the rights over to the TriBeCa Film Center. It's understandable that the initial passion manifested has emerged in the past and continues today-we all knew we were going to be connected to something that had a vision beyond ourselves, in gathering sponsors and venues - SHOWING FILMS THAT WERE INDEPENDENT THAT MIGHT EFFECT SOME CHANGE IN THE WORLD.

Your article is correct. The TriBeCa Film festival was shaped long before Robert Deniro was aware of it’s impending arrival. Nicole Bartelme started to develop the event as early as August of 2000 as a fundraising event for the charity TriBeCa Partnership an umbrella organization for Association of Community Employment for the Homeless (ACE). Bartelme created the entity TriBeCa Film Festival LLC foreseeing the immense capacity of the event and to structure the proceeds back into TriBeCa Partnership.

From WHO IS Bartelme purchased the domain names tribecaFilmfestival.org, .net, and TriBeCafilmfest.org, .com & .net in December of 2000. She purchased the domain name tribecafilmfestival.com from Director of Photography, Brendan C. Flynt, on February 6th, 2001. Her sight was launched (after 9/11) November 2001. Initially the festival launch was timed for producers and directors in LA to stop in NY on their way to the Cannes Film Festival in France. It was decided the festival would continue post 9/11. The world was a different place – devastated- maybe the festival would create normalcy or foster a new and brighter definition.


The creative team Bartelme formed: part of our time was devoted to developing programming, the other, shocked that Jane Rosenthal was not interested in participating- but rather wanted the rights to the festival and set her own forces against our team and all the research we had gathered.

A settlement Agreement between Nicole Bartelme and the TriBeCa Film Center was signed after 9/11, Bartelme’s domain names, sponsor list and blueprint relinquished January of 2002.

She set the reel in motion.
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